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Tyranny of the Sun

Nirn's sun being blotted out, as a result of the prophecy.

Tyranny of the Sun is an ancient prophecy foretold in the Elder Scrolls by Arch-Curate Vyrthur, who became a vampire thousands of years before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The prophecy is written between three separate Elder Scrolls. The inscription denotes a ritual that requires a Daughter of Coldharbour as a sacrifice and the bow of Auri-El to permanently purge the world of sunlight, allowing vampires to roam unhindered.



Arch-Curate Vyrthur, one of the last surviving Snow Elves, was afflicted with vampirism in the Merethic Era. He felt betrayed that Auri-El, the chief deity in his faith, would allow this happen to him. Seeking revenge, he created a prophecy that, if enacted, would block out the sun for eternity. This would sever Auri-El's link between Mundus and Aetherius, thus weakening his influence.

Fourth EraEdit

During the Dawnguard questline, the Volkihar Clan begin terrorizing the people of Skyrim, impeded only by the sunlight. Lord Harkon, leader of the Volkihar, found traces of Vyrthur's prophecy in writings from a Moth Priest. Harkon sought the prophecy, but his efforts were cut short when his wife, Valerica, fled from him and took an Elder Scroll that contained part of the prophecy.

The ritualEdit

According to the Elder Scrolls, the items required are the Bow of Auri-El and the blood of a Daughter of Coldharbour. The bow was said to be used by Auri-El himself and had the power of the sun at its disposal. After collecting the bow, a blood-stained arrow must be shot into the sun, causing a mysterious energy to block out its rays. This energy, however, only lasts during daylight hours.


  • The words of the prophecy from the Elder Scroll: "The Blood of Coldharbor's Daughter will blind the eye of the Dragon" may also be a reference to the deity Akatosh (Auri-El is the Mer version of Akatosh). This may be true since Akatosh is depicted as a Dragon.


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  • On Auri-El and Vyrthur

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    • Amperial wrote:If the existence as a vampire (a creature of Molag Bal, nothing less) is a part of being worthy in the eyes of Auri-El, ...
    • mic drop Also, to stay on topic, it is entirely possible that Akatosh, Aurel-Ei, whathaveyou's personality was consumed into Mundus by the t...
  • What would happen if the Volkihar Clan Stopped the sun.

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    • It would take a long time to get their minds together. I assume the College of Winterhold would have to help, and maybe it could have solved ...
    • First day after the sun goes dark: chaos ensues. The Empire and Elve quickly turn to their advisors for advise. Guards quickly fight off ...

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